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Buffalo Zoo celebrates a baby boom

by jmaloni

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Thu, Jun 26th 2014 09:20 am

A variety of new baby animals were born at the Buffalo Zoo this season. Visitors to the Buffalo Zoo will be able to see more baby animals now than the zoo usually has on exhibit at one time. They include:

•Big Horn Sheep

Four big horn sheep (two males, two females) were born in April and May. They are on exhibit daily during zoo hours.

•Gorilla

Nyah, the baby western lowland gorilla, was born Sept. 4 to parents Lily and Koga. She joins her family in the gorilla exhibit daily during zoo hours.

•Ocelot

An ocelot kitten named Arieta was born Dec. 10 to parents Ayla and Pedro. She can be seen with her mother from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. daily in the M&T Bank Rainforest Falls exhibit.

•North American River Otters

In March, sisters Daisy and Ellie each gave birth to a litter of pups. Rascal is the father of both litters. They take turns in the zoo's otter creek from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. daily. Visitors often find them napping inside one of the exhibit's hollow logs.

•Reindeer

A baby reindeer was born April 25 to parents Ellie and Borealis. The baby reindeer can be seen on exhibit daily during zoo hours.

•Rhino

Monica, the baby rhino, was born June 5 to her mother, Tashi. Zoo officials expect her to debut on exhibit during the next few weeks. They will announce when the public can view her.

•Vampire Bats

A number of baby vampire bats have been born in recent months. They are out on exhibit daily during zoo hours in the M&T Bank Rainforest Falls exhibit.

A number of babies remain off exhibit, behind the scenes in the reptile house where keepers can carefully monitor their temperature and health. They include a Solomon Island leaf frog, desert grassland whiptail lizard, yellow-banded poison dart frog, Amazon milk frog, and Panamanian golden frog.

Zoo visitors interested in seeing a certain animal on exhibit are encouraged to call the zoo at 716-837-3900 before visiting. The zoo also posts frequent updates online at www.buffalozoo.org and on its Facebook page.

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